DEVON, Pa.--The Devon Grand Junior Hunter Champion title was awarded on Saturday, May 23, day three of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
After dominating the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter division and earning 30 pointsto be champion in that section, it was Mimi Gochman and Evermore who won the coveted Grand Championship.
Training under Ken Berkley and Scott Stewart, Gochman prepared for the 2019 Devon Horse Show with no shortage of expert advice.
Gochman, from Wellington, Fla., on Evermore consistently performed throughout Friday and Saturday to earn both the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter championship and the Overall Small Junior Hunter championship.
THE IMPRESSIVE Evermore was also awarded the Angelo Award, which is presented to the horse who best exemplifies the classic hunter horse in movement, jumping style and presence.
Gochman and the 10-year-old Bavarian Warmblood scored an impressive 90 in Saturday’s $4,000 Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter Stake, while also winning the $3,000 Small Junior 15 and Under Handy Hunter round earlier in the day with a score of 89.
“Evermore is so sweet," said Gochman. "He always has a good attitude. He tries his best no matter what. It’s such an honor to be competing against so many amazing riders. It’s so competitive here that you really never know until the very end. I’m so honored to be here at Devon. It’s such an iconic horse show. All of the other junior riders are so amazing here.”
“I ride with Ken Berkley and Scott Stewart," she said. "They do everything for me. Scott is such an amazing hunter rider and knows all of the ropes. Ken has been doing this forever and just taught me how to do everything. They just told me to have smooth rounds today. They told me to just go slow and meet all of the jumps as they come and keep a good connection. I always try to do exactly what they say.”
Gochman and Evermore have been paired together throughout the duration of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival, regularly placing in the top of the standings in the Small Junior Hunter division.
Gochman also on Thursday won Section B of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search 3*.
Augusta Iwasaki was named Best Child Rider on a Horse, based on her impressive performances in the junior hunter divisions, and Gochman was third.